Sunday, June 19, 2016

Our digest of, and commentary on today's Florida political news and punditry.

Somber cloud over Florida Democratic Party’s annual dinner

"A somber cloud hung over the Florida Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner Saturday, as much of the event focused on a mass shooting that left 50 dead at a gay Orlando nightclub last Sunday."

Speeches geared toward building party unity heading into the general election were laced with calls for gun control and legal changes to help the LGBT community, which was targeted as part of the attack.
"Orlando shooting dominates Florida Democrats' annual dinner."

Subsidizing Walmart

"When it comes to calling the cops, Walmart is such an outlier compared with its competitors that experts criticized the corporate giant for shifting too much of its security burden onto taxpayers." "Police are called to Walmart more than anywhere else — and you foot the bill."

ASA suspended for wild social media posts

"An Orlando-area assistant state attorney has been suspended for social media posts he made in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting saying that"

"the entire city should be leveled. . . ."

“All Orlando nightclubs should be permanently closed. With or without random gunmen they are zoos; utter cesspools of debauchery.”

He also posted Sunday morning that “the entire city [of Orlando] should be leveled. It is a melting pot of 3rd world miscreants and ghetto thugs… Disney may be the happiest place on earth but Orlando is a national embarrassment. If this is an act of a domestic terrorist it is so very important that we don’t publish the religion, name, or motive of the terrorist as not to offend anyone.”

"State prosecutor suspended over Facebook posts about Orlando."

"What's hot, crazy or shady about politics in the Sunshine State

Marc Caputo: "Beruff ready to wreck Rubio – Clinton launches $3.5m Florida air war – Trial of Chilean dictator’s lieutenant plays out in… Orlando – Cashman Canova -- Commemorating ‘Cheeto Jesus’." "Florida Playbook."

Killing Florida black bears

"A bear hunt this fall would be broken into three four-day periods, with hunters applying on a first-come, first-served basis for permits that would be specific to dates and areas, under a staff recommendation that will go before the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday." "Bear-hunt proposal ready for commission."

Back at the ranch, Nancy Smith explains why she "Favors the Bear Hunt."

Another fine Jebacy

"Insane, invisible and in danger: Florida cut $100M from its mental hospitals; chaos quickly followed."

Rubio called "homophobic," FlaGOP wants him anyway

"Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy lashed out at Marco Rubio on Saturday, saying he agrees with calls he has been getting from people who have labeled Rubio 'one of the most homophobic senators in this country.'" "Murphy assails Rubio as 'homophobic'."

Meanwhile, "Florida Republicans Want Rubio to Run Again."

A pathway for Rubio is opening up: "Rep. Jolly drops Senate bid, to run for reelection."

DWS fails to get the required 2/3 votes to secure Fla AFL-CIO endorsement

"For the first time in 24 years, Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not get the endorsement of the AFL-CIO. . . . Wasserman Schultz failed to get the required 2/3 votes to secure the endorsement." "AFL-CIO Says 'No' To Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

This, over the efforts of SoFla labor: "South Florida unions come to defense of Wasserman Schultz."

More: "AFL-CIO Snub Aside, DWS Collects a Cartload of S. Florida Union Endorsements" and "Wasserman Schultz and Canova spar over labor endorsements."

And then there's that privatization thing

"‘Clerical error’ on Orlando killer’s psychological eval named wrong doctor."

"Key facts got lost along the way"

"In the waning hours of their 2016 session, Florida lawmakers approved a bill expanding families' school options across county lines."

Education choice advocates trumpeted the move as a bold step to let students attend any public school in the state. They equated it with Florida's broad charter school and tax credit scholarship programs.

But officials closest to the ground were quick to point out that key facts got lost along the way.

"Legislators allowed students to go to school across county lines; now come the details."

Meanwhile, the MSM assails Grayson

"A St. Petersburg lighting company in which Sen. Jeff Brandes is invested received $65,000 worth of work as the result of a grant he helped secure in the 2013 state budget." "Company senator invested in got state money, but he says he was unaware."